The well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that there is a 50% chance that Apple will present an alternative to Amazon Echo at the upcoming WWDC (5-9 June). The Bluetooth speaker should include a subwoofer and seven other drivers and cost more than Amazon Alexa.
Amazon has delivered more than just an eye-winning success with the smart home assistant Amazon Alexa. And how do Apple’s plans to integrate the language assistant Siri into HomeKit and thus into the SmartHome? Rumors surrounding a Smart Home speaker from Apple are stubborn. And the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, known for his accurate predictions about unpublished Apple products, believes that the release of such a Siri speaker is imminent.
“We believe in a 50% chance that Apple will present its first AI product for the Smart Home at the WWDC in June, which could take place in the second half of the year 2017 (…) (7 drivers and a subwoofer), as well as a comparable performance with the iPhone 6 / 6S.”
Higher price than Amazon echo, computing performance of the iPhone 6(S)
Apple could win with the loudspeaker mainly demanding customers, who already have several Apple devices in the household and which attach great importance to entertainment.
The well-known Leaker Sonny Dickson also assumes that Apple will officially unveil the loudspeaker already at the development conference WWDC in June. Recently, however, the new hardware announcements in this framework were rather sparse, since the focus of the WWDC is more on software topics.
Dickson assumes that the speaker visually resembles the Mac Pro, runs with a special iOS version and that is the technology of Apple’s company’s legacy.